Installing on standalone Windows 2008 R2 Enterprise RRS feed

  • Question

  • Can I install the Forefront Client Security on a Windows 2008 R2 Server, which is used just as a Standalone Developer's workstation? 

    When I run this setup on Windows 2008 R2, it gives me a dialog box indicating:

    This program has known compatibility issues.
    Microsoft Forefront Client Security has a known compatibility issue with this version of Windows.

    [Check for solutions online]  [Run program]

    The check for solution button does not provide any solution.  Do you advice me to go ahead and try the Run Program button?

    Thanks & Regards,
    Kamlesh | Blog | Twitter | Posting is provided "AS IS" with no warranties, and confers no rights.
    Thursday, November 11, 2010 3:21 PM


All replies

  • Hi,

    Have a look at this link http://blogs.technet.com/b/forefront/archive/2009/09/03/forefront-client-security-v1-0-on-windows-7-and-windows-server-2008-r2.aspx

    Bechir Gharbi | http://myitforum.com/cs2/blogs/bgharbi/default.aspx
    Thursday, November 11, 2010 3:30 PM
  • Hi!

    Are you talking about a standalone computer? (non-domain joined) If so, No FCS requires access to Active Directory.

    If it's a member server, yes just run the setup and ignore the "known compability...."

    Be sure to apply all the updates after install.



    MCSE, forefront spec | www.msforefront.com
    Tuesday, November 16, 2010 7:22 PM
  • Thanks Johan.  Mine is a standalone computer which is used at Home as a Developer workstation without joining any domain.
    So, I cannot install FCS on my Home PC which is a Windows 2008 Server!

    For my scenario, what are the other Anti-virus products for a 64-bit Windows 2008 R2 Server?

    Thanks & Regards,
    Kamlesh | Blog | Twitter | Posting is provided "AS IS" with no warranties, and confers no rights.
    Wednesday, November 17, 2010 10:01 AM
  • No need to install another AV, FCS client can be installed on Win2008R2 http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/bb404245.aspx

    Are you sure you've running the x64 client version of FCS ?

    Bechir Gharbi | http://myitforum.com/cs2/blogs/bgharbi/default.aspx
    • Marked as answer by Miles Zhang Friday, December 3, 2010 1:59 AM
    Wednesday, November 17, 2010 10:08 AM
  • If you are using Windows 2008 R2 as a Workstation OS, then FCS may be an overkill, you can install Microsoft Security Essentials. Its free and it doesnt take up too much resources on the system.

    You can download it from here

    [1] http://www.microsoft.com/security/pc-security/mse.aspx



    Manesh K
    Sunday, May 1, 2011 4:54 AM
  • Sorry Manesh, MSE cannot be installed on Windows Server OS http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/security_essentials/SystemRequirements.aspx

    Now we talk about Forefront Endpoint Protection, the next version of FCS, and it is supported on Windows 2008 R2.

    Bechir Gharbi | http://myitforum.com/cs2/blogs/bgharbi/
    Sunday, May 1, 2011 12:46 PM
  • Hi Bechir, I am using Windows 2008 R2 Datacenter with SP1 as my Workstation OS, and I have been using MSE as my antivirus solution for a few months now. It works just fine for me.


    Manesh K


    Saturday, May 7, 2011 2:30 AM
  • Are you sure that you talk about MSE ? Sorry maybe you confuse with FEP. Check MSE requirements http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/security_essentials/SystemRequirements.aspx , it is only designed to work on client OS.
    Bechir Gharbi | http://myitforum.com/cs2/blogs/bgharbi/
    Saturday, May 7, 2011 5:45 PM
  • Hi Bechir,

    Check out the link below,


    I didnt mean to say that MSE can be used as an anti virus solution on Production servers. My post was aimed at developers like me, looking for an antivirus solution for their home desktop/laptop running their SP2010 dev environments from MSDN. In that case MSE is more than sufficient. I can vouch for the fact that it actually detects viruses and malware :) But of course I am not an antivirus expert, so I wouldnt claim that it is the best antivirus compared to some other offerings, but this works just fine for me :).


    Manesh K
    Wednesday, May 25, 2011 2:04 PM
  • Thanks all for your replies.  I am checking this thread of mine after a long gap.  I sticked to Windows 7 for a while.  Based on your above posts, I will revisit the FCS story again for my Windows 2008 R2 box and revert back with my finding.

    Thanks & Regards,
    Kamlesh | Blog | Twitter | Posting is provided "AS IS" with no warranties, and confers no rights.
    Thursday, May 26, 2011 2:37 AM